TREATMENT MEMORANDUMS AND MEDICAL CERTIFICATES
Under the terms outlined in CUPE 1019's Collective Agreement, the employer has the right to request either a Suitable Medical Certificate or a Treatment Memorandum when you are absent from work due to an NON OCCUPATIONAL illness/injury that results in you missing 3 or more shifts. If you were injured or became ill as a result of the workplace, you should be filing a WSIB claim. Click here to go to our WSIB section for help with that.
While the employer would prefer you utilize their Treatment Memorandum Form and complete all sections, members should be aware that "Suitable Medical Certificate" may also be submitted to cover their absence.
The employer's Treatment Memorandum, available via the employer’s website, starts off by stating “All sections must be completed to ensure approval of sick leave entitlement and associated benefits”. Members should be aware that they are under no obligation to complete Section C of the Treatment Memorandum that seeks permission for the voluntary provision of additional information. In fact, the union strongly suggests that members do NOT sign anything at all in section C. The only signature required on a Treatment Memorandum, is that of your attending health care provider.
Be very cautious about how your Health Care Provider completes a Treatment Memorandum. The less information concerning your health you provide to ANYONE, including the employer, the better.
SUITABLE MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
An option members should consider using is what is known as a “Suitable Medical Certificate”. This document would be a simple note from your health care provider that has to include all of the following information:
Name & signature of health care provider
If you have any questions, please contact: